Lean into your Growing Edge: 1-on-1 Ecotherapy & Wilderness Ceremony

IMG_8765“What if our primary human need and opportunity is not to endlessly attend to our emotional wounds and the eradication of perceived psychological disorders but rather to fathom and flesh out our natural human wholeness and to embody this integral bounty as a gift to others and our world?”  — Bill Plotkin, Wild Mind

“What each of us practices at the scale of our individual lives is what is then possible for us at a large scale. I’m a microcosm of all the possible liberation, justice, pleasure and honesty in the universe, and I act accordingly.” – adrienne maree brown

Work with me 1-on-1. I love to walk with people at a crossroads to embody their wholeness and live their wild purpose in this moment of the Great Turning. Through participation in custom 1-on-1 mentoring/ecotherapy sessions that include a tool/toybox of earth-rooted and soul-deepening practices and questions, you will deepen your skills of belonging and integrate the fullness of your body-heart-soul-spirit. 

The Problem: Disconnection

The range of symptoms that blanket the western world–depression, anxiety, addiction, numbness, distraction, grief—have their deeper source, in part, in the disconnection that pervades our lives: disconnection from each other, from nature, and from the deeper sense of purpose at our core.

The Solution: Claim Your Wholeness 

With wild nature as our ally, mirror, and co-creator, we help bring out and reconnect with the wholeness and aliveness of what already exists.

We believe we need wild nature to evoke our own wholeness, that we yearn for meaning and connection, and that each person carries a unique soul callingand it is the task of each of us to dig it out, cultivate it, and then share it.

We will explore the parts of your inner world and outer life that are aligned and not aligned, and what the next unfurling of your journey looks like. You will journey full circle through the four directions and seasons of human nature with the help and witnessing of a knowledgeable and compassionate guide. Each  session includes time together and solo time on the land.

What to Expect:

Each session is different, but all of our work together involves an initial bit of time to identify and clarify what is currently alive for you and the things that are calling within you to open up, lean into, and claim–with nature as your ally.

Your first session will be an opportunity to really tell YOUR heart story and have it deeply listened to (the story of your life…the story that has you on the edge of things…the story that has you hooked…the story of your deepest dream…tell THAT story).

Together we’ll co-create a map and a plan, personalized to you, for your following sessions.

I utilize a number of tools, techniques, and modalities, including:

Intention Walks
Somatic/Embodiment Exercises
Cultivating Decolonial Desires & Values
Ecosensual Exploraitons
Nature-based Map of Wholeness
Earth Poetry
Mindfulness Practices
Shadow Stalking (deep fear inventory, reverse psychology affirmations)
Dreamwork/Deep Imagination Practice
Integration Activities (journaling, nature art, movement)

Going forward:

  • First, an in-depth in person or telephone conversation with me at the beginning of your journey.
  • You’ll write an intention letter prior to your first on-the-land mentoring session. This will be refined over time.
  • Individual sessions in beautiful wild nature, each including both council time and solo time
  • Prompts, activities, and ideas for taking your work further between sessions.
  • Surprises in the form of creations, tools, or poems that you can take away with you as ways of coming back to your insights.


A 1 hour session is $75
A 2-hour session is $125
five-session package of 2 hour sessions is $600.

Payment plans can be arranged.

Custom Wilderness Ceremony:

Some people are called to do a Custom Wilderness Ceremony or Day Quests. This can be something which the individual sessions lead up to, or can be done as a stand alone ceremony. This is a custom ceremony that is co-designed by you and Ryan and is unique to each person’s needs. The price of this is negotiated separate from the sessions, but typically is about $150/day.  Most Wilderness Rite-of-Passage programs, including Wild Nature Heart’s, are group programs, so the solo journey is an opportunity to design a unique experience and get specialized attention. Click here for more information on wilderness ceremonies.

One tool I use is the Four Facets of Human Wholeness, which is a nature-based map of the psyche (drawn from School of Lost Borders and depth psychologist/wilderness guide Bill Plotkin) that helps us understand different facets of ourselves and provides metaphors for exploring the full complexity of our psycho-spiritual development.

Schedule a Session:

To schedule a call to see if it is a fit, call 510-219-3349 or email ryan@wildnatureheart.com.


Most people find several or on-going sessions are fruitful and build upon one another, though it is possible to get a lot out of a single session. Individual mentoring/inner & outer wilderness sessions are possible outside these packages. Contact me with any questions.

*A percentage of program costs are donated to frontline indigenous water protectors and earth defenders.

*NOTE: Our nature-based mentoring is not Psychotherapy. Ryan is a certified Ecotherapists through The Earthbody Institute. The work of Wild Nature Heart is a soul-rooted practice with nature as context and one tool for self-growth and connection and is not meant to be psychotherapy.

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